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Students on-board with new teaching technology

A student at CEFA junior kindergarten learns shapes using the school’s new interactive Smart Board. - Sarah Massah photo
A student at CEFA junior kindergarten learns shapes using the school’s new interactive Smart Board.
— image credit: Sarah Massah photo

Students at a junior kindergarten school in South Surrey have a new – and very fun – addition to their curriculum with an interactive white board.

According to vice-principal Aron Veen, the school purchased a Smart Board this month to help equip their students with the knowledge and skills to use technology.

The board can be used for digital notes and for teaching a lesson, but for the students at CEFA in Rosemary Heights, the best part about the board is getting to play educational games, said teacher Kim Slemko.

“I find a lot of children are more visual. Rather than sitting them down with a worksheet, which they can get bored with, I use this and when they see this they get very excited,” said Slemko. “I find with this they are very excited to learn, they want to come up and learn and they are learning very fast.”

The feedback from parents has been positive as well, said Slemko. Many are happy that the kids will be more comfortable using technology as they move on to elementary school.

“We’ve had great feedback from the parents – the parents are loving it and eventually we are hoping that every classroom in this school will have one,” said Slemko.

Despite it only being at the school for a short time, Veen says she sees the longevity in a piece of technology like the Smart Board.

“We’ve barely scratched the surface so far, there are so many games that will help them learn and build on skills,” she said.

 

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